The father of a boy whose body was found down an outback mine shaft has been given a life term in detention.
Three-year-old Imran Zilic was taken by his father Aliya, 34, from the boy’s mother’s home in Perth and driven to outback South Australia in April 2008.
The boy’s body was found at Coober Pedy after a police search across WA, the Northern Territory and SA.
His throat had been cut with a knife.
The father was later taken into custody at Kununurra in WA.
The South Australian Supreme Court has found Aliya Zilic was mentally incompetent at the time of the killing and has ordered that he serve a life term in psychiatric detention.
The court had been told that Zilic had religiously-motivated hallucinations and heard voices telling him how to act.
The prosecution had told the judge Zilic believed his estranged wife was working for the devil and that his son was the devil’s helper.
A psychiatrist gave evidence that Zilic had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication.
Justice Margaret Nyland ruled that the objective elements of the crime of murder had been met, but the father was mentally incompetent.